3DBoxing is starting a brand new award, a weekly award, Fighter Of The Week. To draw attention to and celebrate what fighter was the most valuable in the ring to the sweet science. In a slower week for the sport, the inaugural fighter of the week is San Jose’s favorite son Andy Vences. Vences stole the show in front of his home crowd. The party in Fresno gathered by the thousands in the Save Mart Arena to see their hometown hero Jose Carlos Ramirez who unfortunately was unable to defend his title because his opponent Danny O’conner suffered a horrific injury and ended up in the hospital trying to cut the final two pounds. Instead, the crowd was taken to school and revieved a free boxing lesson from Vences. Vences was a rising prospect in 2016 when he defeated Casey Ramos in a battle of unbeaten prospects via 9th round TD. Vences stock, however, took a bit of a hit after a lackluster 2017 beating a series of lower-level opponents with a combined record of 41-22-2 and then suffered a disappointing draw against Erick De Leon back in March of this year at the Stub Hub.
Vences needed a big eye-opening performance and that’s what he gave on Saturday night, dominating the game Frank De Alba, taking a near shout out UD scores of 98-92 and 99-91 twice were announced. Vences was in absolute cruise control from the opening bell dominating the game De Alba with his jab and movement. He showed off his speed and athleticism as well as a seamless knack for being able to switch hit at will as well as a ferocious body attack we haven’t seen as much in the past. Vanes dominated the left-handed De Alba throughout the fight showing the crowd that a title shot is in his near future. Miguel Berchelt holds the WBC strap in the weight class, Tank Davis holds the WBA version. The IBF and WBO are currently vacant.
After the fight, Vences said of his performance “I didn’t live up to my hype, It was a good experience and a good fight. I tried and stay composed early on. I should’ve put my punches together, but he was countering all night.” But also said “I think I am mentally and physically ready for a title shot. I feel that I am the type of fighter that when I am challenged I perform better. We are excited and being patient, whatever Top Rank Inc. decides we will follow. We know patience is key.” Confirming that he is ready for a world title shot.